Erdoğan inaugurated as Turkish president with enhanced powers

10 July 2018

Erdoğan inaugurated as Turkish president with enhanced powers

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been sworn in for another term as President of Turkey, in what will see a new political system that grants the leader enhanced powers.

Mr Erdoğan, who has formerly ruled Turkey as prime minister as well as president for 15 years, won a snap election last month with 52% of the vote.

As part of the inauguration program, he took an oath at around 4:00pm (local time) in Parliament.

“We make a promise once more to strengthen our nation’s unity and brotherhood and to continue making our country great and glorifying our state,” the President said after a visit to the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the Turkish republic’s founder.

President Erdoğan pledged to strengthen the brotherhood of Turkish citizens, and continue to bring greater dignity to the country. He said he is determined to realise Turkey’s 2023 goals.

Only hours later after he was sworn in, Mr Erdoğan named his son-in-law Berat Albayrak treasury and finance minister, making him a member of the President’s cabinet.

The former political system in Turkey saw the prime minister administering elected MP’s as ministers. The new system, lead by Mr Erdoğan, abolishes the old one of an elected prime minister.

The enhanced powers of Mr Erdoğan also includes the ability to appoint senior members of the judiciary and issue decrees with the force of law.

Mr Erdoğan’s leadership has formerly been under scrutiny, with critics accusing him of authoritarianism, as he moved with his party to crush dissidents and intimidate critical media outlets.

The two year anniversary of the failed coup attempt which occurred in 2016 is also falling on next Sunday, highlighting the President’s recent win as well as past scrutiny directed toward him.

The military coup attempt saw 250 people killed and over 1,400 wounded.

The coup was followed by a large crackdown on members of the bureaucracy, judiciary, armed forces, police, media and academia, with more than 13,000 people dismissed from their jobs.